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Bonnie Blair, speed skating
The most decorated woman in U.S. Olympic history was one of the most dominant speed skaters of all-time, racking up six medals – five gold – across four Olympic appearances between 1984 and 1994.
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Brian Boitano, figure skating
Boitano turned in an epic performance in the free skating portion of the men’s figure skating competition at the 1988 Calgary Games, narrowly defeating Canadian Brian Orser to win gold. He also won two World Championships. He returned for Lillehammer in 1994 but fell short of the podium.
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Dick Button, figure skating
The only American male figure skater with two gold medals, Button pushed the sport forward in his pursuit of greatness. He landed the first double axel in competition on his way to winning gold in the 1948 St. Moritz Games. Four years later in Oslo he landed the first triple jump in competition, a triple loop, again claiming Olympic gold.
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Shani Davis, speed skating
The first black athlete to win an individual gold at a Winter Games, Davis won gold in the 1000m in Torino and Vancouver, as well as silver in the 1500m at both Games. If he wins the 1000m in Sochi he will be the first American man to win the same event at three Olympics.
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Peggy Fleming, figure skating
In the first Olympics broadcast in color, Fleming dominated the competition at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics to win gold, launching herself to stardom and cementing the popularity of figure skating in the U.S.
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